Remembering Alexander McQueen, Style Icon Tribute Blog (Fall/Winter 1995-2010) (Page 2)

Alexander McQueen made our winters sizzle with each runway presentation seemingly superseding the next, with Fall’s 2009 and 2010 being by far the most climatic.

Fall 1995 (Highland Rape)

Let’s begin with Fall 1995 entitled Highland Rape. McQueen’s father had origins in the Isles of Skye, which inspired him to study his own Scottish roots, thus coming up with an interpretation of England’s rape of Scotland.

ALEXANDER McQUEEN (Fall 1996)
ALEXANDER McQUEEN (Fall 1996) (It’s a Jungle Out There)

“Animals fascinate me because you can find a force, an energy, a fear that also exists in sex.” -Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen (Fall1998) (Joan)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 1998) (Joan)
LADY GAGA (2009 VMAs)

Fall of 1998 was an epic exhibition, inspired by Joan of Arc. 13-years later, Lady Gaga received her 2009 MTV Music Award in a vintage red lace ensemble from Alexander McQueen’s hell-raising 1998 collection.

Alexander McQueen (Fall 1999)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 1999)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 1999)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2000)

“I don’t really get inspired (by specific women). It’s more in the minds of women in the past, like Catherine the Great, or Marie Antoinette. People who were doomed. Joan of Arc or Colette. Iconic women. “Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen (Fall 2001) (What a Merry-Go-Round)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2001: What a Merry-Go-Round)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2001: What a Merry-Go-Round)

What a Merry-Go-Round (Fall 2001) is a festive collection, filled with themes McQueen loves to share; romance, melancholy and dark personalities.

Alexander McQueen (Fall 2002)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2003)

“I think there has to be an underlying sexuality.  There has to be a perverseness to clothes.  There is a hidden agenda in the fragility of romance.  It’s like the Story Of O.  I’m not big on women looking naive.  There has to be a sinister aspect, whether it’s melancholy or sadomasochist. I think everyone has deep sexuality, and sometimes it’s good to use a little of it– and sometimes a lot of it– like a masquerade.” Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen (Fall 2004)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2005)

“Birds in flight fascinate me. I admire eagles and falcons. I’m inspired by a feather but also its color, its graphics, its weightlessness and its engineering. It’s so elaborate. In fact, I try and transpose the beauty of a bird to women. “ -Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen (Model: Freja Beha) (Fall 2006)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2006)

In September 2005 the fashion world shunned supermodel Kate Moss as news of her drug abuse surfaced in the Daily Mirror, so in 2006 Alexander McQueen incorporated a hologram image of her for the finale of his runway show, creating a nostalgic ambience for her return to fashion.

Alexander McQueen (Fall 2006) (Kate Moss: Hologram)

Kate Moss Hologram video:    

2007’s theme of heresy and martyrdom was inspired by Alexander McQueen’s mother, who traced her family tree to a victim from the Salem Witch trials.

Alexander McQueen (Fall 2007)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2007)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2007)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2008)
Alexander McQueen (Pre-Fall 2009)

Fall 2009’s Horn of Plenty was a satire about the impossible beauty standards imposed on woman.

Alexander McQueen (Fall 2009: Horn of Plenty)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2009: Horn of Plenty)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2009: Horn of Plenty)

“I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress. When you see a woman wearing McQueen, there’s a certain hardness to the clothes that makes her look powerful. It kind of fends people off. It’s almost like putting armor on a woman. It’s a very psychological way of dressing.”Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen (Fall 2009: Horn of Plenty)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2009: Horn of Plenty)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2009: Horn of Plenty)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2009: Horn of Plenty)

“For me, what I do is an artistic expression which is channeled through me. Fashion is just the medium. “Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen (Fall 2010)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2010)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2010)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2010)
Alexander McQueen (Fall 2010)

As much as it pains me to end this segment, we have reached the finally of McQueen’s work in Women’s fashion, which was not just great, but the greatest of our time, simply because out of all other designers, each runway show he presented told a story that challenged our thinking, on how we view ourselves, life and fashion. It was as if a vortex sucked McQueen from an ancient past and dropped him into our century, only to take him back again. He was as much of an artist as Vincent Van Gogh, a romantic like Edgar Allan Poe and a phenomenal playwright like William Shakespeare.

Alexander McQueen (Designer)

“When I’m dead and gone, people will know that the 21st century was started by Alexander McQueen.” –Alexander McQueen

“ It’s important to look at death because it is a part of life.  It is a sad thing, melancholic but romantic at the same time. It is the end of a cycle– everything has to end. The cycle of life is positive because it gives room for new things.” –Alexander McQueen

 

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5 thoughts on “Remembering Alexander McQueen, Style Icon Tribute Blog (Fall/Winter 1995-2010) (Page 2)

      1. unfortunately i couldnt..coz it costs me a fortune to fly all the way to nyc from where i live, which is seoul, korea. urgggg…i saw a lil sneak peek of the mcqueen’s exhibition on tv tho. he was the true genius inspiring so many all around the globe..im still sad about the loss of him..슬프다 T.T

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